mime / mīm/ • n. 1. the theatrical technique of suggesting action, character, or emotion without words, using only gesture, expression, and movement. ∎ a theatrical performance or part of a performance using such a technique. ∎ an action or set of actions intended to convey the idea of another action or an idea or feeling: he performed a brief mime of someone fencing. ∎ a practitioner of mime or a performer in a mime. 2. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a simple farcical drama including mimicry.• v. [tr.] use gesture and movement without words in the acting of (a play or role). ∎ convey an impression of (an idea or feeling) by gesture and movement, without using words; mimic (an action or set of actions) in this way: he stands up and mimes throwing a spear.DERIVATIVES: mim·er n.
MIME / mīm; ˈem ˈī ˈem ˈē/ • n. Comput. a standard for formatting files of different types, such as text, graphics, or audio, so they can be sent over the Internet and seen or played by a Web browser or e-mail application.
Hence vb. XVII. So mimeograph stencil device. XIX. irreg. f. Gr. mīméomai I imitate. mimetic pert. to imitation or mimicry. XVII. — Gr. mīmētikós. mimic pert. to a mime or buffoon; imitative; sb. burlesque performer; imitator XVI. — L. mīmicus — Gr. mīmikós. Hence mimic vb., mimicry XVII.
• multipurpose Internet messaging extension